Samuel Beckett was Andre the Giant’s Chauffeur!

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Literature, Miscellaneous
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No it’s not April yet, this actually happened despite how ridiculously unbelievable it seems. Playwright Samuel Beckett, famed for his notoriously uneventful play Waiting For Godot, crossed paths with freakish wrestling giant André René Roussimoff. 

“In 1953, fresh off the success of Waiting for Godot, Beckett bought a plot of land near the hamlet of Molien, in the commune of Ussy-sur-Marne, about forty miles northeast of Paris. There he built a cottage for himself with some help from a group of locals, including a Bulgarian-born farmer named Boris Rousimoff. Over the years, Beckett and Rousimoff became friends and would occasionally get together for card games. Rousimoff had a son, “André, known as Dédé, who was something of a physical marvel. By the age of 12, André was over six feet tall and weighed 240 pounds. No school bus could hold him, and his family lacked the means to buy a car big enough to schlep him back and forth to school in Ussy-sur-Marne. Enter Boris’ old card-playing buddy Beckett, who owned a truck and was more than willing to pay his friend back for his help with the cottage by giving a lift to his enormous pituitary case of a son on his drives into town. Years later, when recounting his conversations with Beckett (which he did often), André the Giant revealed that they rarely talked about anything besides cricket.”

What a tag team they would have made! Please comment with suggestions for names….

Patrick Stewart loved meeting Hugh Jackman.

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